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kate somerville: my game-changer

There are some things in life that are worth the investment, ie: a house, a good pair of jeans, and great skincare products. I feel like I’ve spent the majority of my life searching for skincare products that work for me. I tried everything from Proactiv, to stuff you can get at the drugstore, to dermatologist-perscribed medication. Nothing every truly worked for my skin like Kate Somerville products have.

I first discovered Kate Somerville when I was working at Neiman Marcus and a coworker recommended it to me. She said once she tried these products, she’s never felt the need to try anything else, and that has been my experience exactly. Growing up, I always struggled with combination skin, and I thought this would naturally go away once you get out of those teen years. Well, that was not the case for me.

I noticed right away that Kate Somerville products did wonders for clearing my breakouts and giving me an even skin tone. (If you are prone to breakouts, I highly recommend the Exfolikate, EradiKate treatment and EradiKate mask.)

No matter what your skin type is, I also highly recommend the detox daily cleanser & moisturizer. These should be staples in every skincare routine. This moisturizer is amazing because it doesn’t just provide hydration, it also helps prevent excess oil production commonly associated with oily and acne-prone skin. It also helps to firm and tighten the appearance of skin, while minimizing the look of wrinkles.

Which brings me to my next point! I chose Kate Somerville products not only because they did wonders for clearing breakouts, but because the anti-aging effects are life-changing! Seriously. I know my skin will thank me for using these products in 10, 20, 30 years! And they’re clearly less expensive than paying for Botox or any medical procedure to get rid of wrinkles down the road. The RetAsphere Micro Peel infuses skin with pure Retinol to help diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and speeds up cell renewal. It also helps remove dead skin on the skin’s surface to improve the appearance of pores, and softens and evens out your skin tone. It’s formulated to deliver clinic-level results overnight without irritation! I’ve only used this product for a week or so and can already tell a huge difference in my skin tone. (Use this product every other night)

If you’re used to buying your face wash from the grocery store, these products might seem on the pricy said. However, if your current products aren’t working for you or you’re frustrated with your skin, I speak from personal experience when I say that Kate Somerville products have been a total game-changer for me! If you try any of these out (or use them already!) I’d love to hear your feedback!

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Top Knot || How To

Ladies and gentlemen (well, probably just ladies but you never know). I am SO excited to feature Tracy Melton on today’s post! Tracy did my hair and make-up for my wedding day and is incredibly gifted. In addition to that, she’s just the cutest thing you’ll ever meet!

Lots of girls have asked me how to do a good top-knot. The ones I do on my own are always super messy and fall down, so Tracy here has created a step-by-step tutorial (pictures included!) to teach you all how to get the perfect top-knot. Enjoy!

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Dress | Scarf | Earrings | Booties | Nail Color | Gold link bracelet | David Yurman bracelet

Here’s Tracy’s step-by-step instructions!

Start by gathering your hair into a high ponytail at the crown and securing it with a hair band.

Once secured, take a comb and give your mane a tease. Teasing is an important step if you have fine or thin hair – helps to bulk it up and give it some grip.

From there, simply twist the teased ponytail (loosely) to help form the shape.

Continue by wrapping the twisted hair around the base of the hair band creating the bun shape.

Secure in place with bobby pins. Don’t be scared to tug at the bun to get it to the desired height and shape. Tuck in any strays and finish off with hair spray. You’re all set!

Tip: To make this look more messy and lived-in, take the palms of your hands and rub them on your temples and near your ears to loosen up more face framing hairs. You can also pull on your bun to make it more textured.

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Photos by: Kristen Dee Photography

stocking stuffers for days

I don’t know about you, but stockings are definitely my favorite part of Christmas. I can’t even explain it but something about a bunch of small gifts just makes my heart so happy! I’ve rounded up some of the best stocking stuffers (all under $50!) that are sure to please whoever you are buying for! All of these items will also ship for free! Some of them are so good you may just need to gift yourself as well. xoxo

The ultimate SALE shopping guide

For all you online shoppers, the tock is ticking on your Christmas Shopping! You’ve only got a few days left to make online purchases so you know they get here in time for Christmas. I’ve rounded up the best sales going on to help you wrap up that shopping!

Nordstrom’s markdowns right now are AMAZING, and they truly have gifts for everyone on your list. Here are a few of my faves from their sale: (hover over the + signs to get links to shop!)

Other incredible sales going on, for your Christmas shopping (or shopping for holiday outfits!):

Still need more gift ideas? Check out some items I’ve purchased recently for girlfriends or added to my own wishlist!

the LOLO Mag gift guide

November has finally arrived! Meaning it’s basically Thanksgiving aka basically CHRISTMAS. My absolute favorite time of year. The shopping aspect of Christmas can either make or break the season for ya – depending on if you save your shopping till the last minute. Lo & I wanted to help you out by putting together a gift guide to get you started! These gifts are all under (or around) $50 & are guaranteed to please any friend, sister, co-worker, or mom. Hover over the image to get links to these amazing gifts!

My BKR water bottle – This had been on my wishlist for quite some time. I finally caved a few months ago and bought mine and have used it every day since! Not only is it adorable and so well made, but it really does help you to drink more water throughout the day. They might be pricier than your good ole plastic water bottle, but it will last you forever (and looks cuter too).

How adorable is this Anthropologie Christmas plate? Lo had the great idea that instead of buying the whole set, you could just buy one and use it for cookies!

Okay, I am personally obsessed with this initial plate necklace. It’s definitely on my Christmas list and would make a great gift for just about anyone.

This Nest Candle in pumpkin chai instantly makes your house smell like Fall and baking, and who wouldn’t want that? This is a great gift for coworkers or neighbors!

Did you know TOMS now makes slippers?! I am in love with this adorable pair with the aztec-feel print

Oribe hair products are both mine & Lo’s favorites. Once i tried their shampoo & conditioner, I never went back! This travel kit would make the perfect gift for any of your girlfriends that really value great hair care!

Let’s be honest – you just can’t go wrong with a Kate Spade phone case – especially in this holiday-esque white and gold color!

Hope this helped you get a jump start on your Christmas shopping. Shop our gift guide here!:

Putting your face on

Every girl has a different morning routine of “putting her face on”. For  those of you that aren’t set on your current routine, or are looking to change it up, or don’t have one at all…today Lo & I are sharing with you the items in our routine that we swear by.

Here are the 3 items I cannot go a day without:

1. Clarisonic – My combination skin has always been my “thorn in my side”, if you will. My mom got me a Clarisonic for Christmas 2 years ago, and it has totally changed my skin. I noticed a difference in my complexion literally within days. It gives your pores a good deep clean, and really just makes washing your face more fun!

2. Laura Mercier tinted moisturizer – This is my go to foundation whether I’m getting dressed up for a date night, or have 5 minutes to get ready in the mornings. The coverage is amazing but still looks so natural. It also has SPF 20 in it, so I put this on before heading to the beach on vacation as well!

3. Laura Mercier high coverage concealer for under eye – I attribute my dark circle problem to the fact that I have dark skin and dark hair. But, regardless, no matter how much sleep I get, I still tend to have little dark shadows under my eyes. This concealer has been my favorite for a while now because it lasts all day long + makes my eyes so much brighter.

Here’s a glimpse into how Lo “puts her face on” daily:

1. Lo uses Chantecaille’s face wash – This is a rice & geranium foaming cleanser that gently exfoliates and softens the skin.

2. Chantecaille eye cream – another staple in Lo’s daily routine, this eye cream uses advanced technology to smooth, firm, and rebuild delicate skin around the eyes. Let’s be real, we’re not getting any younger & now is the time to start taking care of our skin!

3. Kiehl’s face mask – Truly the best face mask out there. Plus this one is currently $20 at Nordstrom! I promise it will be a $20 well spent; your skin will thank you both now and later!

Let us know what items in your routine are your staples, or how you “put your face on” everyday!